Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

News Release Archive

April 21, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University researcher has found an unexpected source of fiber in food waste that increases its potential for making renewable fuel: napkins.


April 18, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Two new representatives are serving on the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research center located at Iowa State University. They are Marc Linderman from the University of Iowa and Michael Naig, who represents the Iowa Department of...


April 17, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center invites nominations for the 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors people who have made a significant contribution to the ecological and economic stability of Iowa’s family farms. You may nominate yourself or others for the award...


April 16, 2014
AMES, Iowa –  It’s time again for the ‘Ames Reads Leopold’ event, in its seventh year of celebrating Aldo Leopold’s legacy and philosophy on sustainable living. It will be Saturday, April 26 at Ames High School.


April 15, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers. Produced by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, this...


March 26, 2014
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Results from a five-year on-farm research project are helping  a northwest Iowa farmer keep valuable land in production as well as reduce nitrogen runoff into shallow wells that supply water for a nearby community of 7,000 people. The project also shows how research...


March 20, 2014
AMES, Iowa – This April 8 at Quality Inn, Ames, farmer Penny Brown Huber will discuss the success of her Marshalltown-based flash-freeze fruit and vegetable packaging plant, Iowa Choice Harvest.   The start-up food processing business was established by a handful of central Iowa...


March 14, 2014
AMES, Iowa – “When it comes to building healthy, productive soils, remember,” says Ray Archuleta in one of his many soil health videos, “do not disturb.” The charismatic spokesperson for the unseen secrets of soil, Archuleta visits Iowa State University this year as...


March 12, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Photographs, infographics and interviews paint a full-color, big picture view of prairie strips in a new publication from Iowa State University’s STRIPS team and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


February 28, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The spotlight is on local food business expansion in this year’s Iowa Local Food Conference. Keynotes and panels will highlight the growing number of opportunities available to food producers in their local networks. Conference attendees may participate in three tracks:...


February 17, 2014
NOTE: This Iowa Learning Farms news release summarizes work on a statewide campaign that has been supported by the Leopold Center under a special three-year grant.


February 14, 2014
AMES, Iowa – With the rising popularity of local foods the spotlight is now on cities and the health of the soil underfoot. Increasingly, sustainable agriculture practitioners and researchers view cities as places of potential. A green space like an urban garden or farm can revitalize a...


February 6, 2014
See our event page for a link to a podcast of this lecture


January 23, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 24 innovative research and demonstration projects that will help Iowa farmers improve soil health, take advantage of opportunities related to local foods and fine-tune alternative practices that protect the...


January 21, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- Minnesota farmer Lucie Amundsen has made the Final Four but it’s not for her basketball skills. Amundsen is the social marketing genius behind Locally Laid, one of four finalists in a national small business competition for a free 30-second commercial in this year’s Super...


January 9, 2014
AMES, Iowa – What happens when you add diversity to Iowa’s conventional corn-soybean cropping system? An Iowa State University agronomist has found that you can reduce herbicide inputs, maintain and even improve weed suppression, enhance soil quality by several measures, plus boost...